After a long stretch without and substance abuse doubts, the issue of drugs once again appeared in the sport of golf as reports claim that the three-time major winner Vijay Singh has admitted to the use of a banned supplement.
Singh has been named one of several athletes to use a banned substance from a two-man company called S.W.A.T.S (Sports with Alternative to Steroids), according to an article from this week's Sports Illustrated.
The two man company is ran by Christopher Key and Mitch Ross. The company distributes products such as deer antler spray and hologram chips that they claim to help athletes perform better on the field.
The deer antler spray contains IGF-1, which SI describes as a "natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth."
The S.I. report goes as followed:
In November, Singh paid Ross $9,000 for the spray, chips, beam ray and powder additive -- making him one of the few athletes who is compensating S.W.A.T.S. He says he uses the spray banned by the PGA "every couple of hours . . . every day," sleeps with the beam ray on and has put chips on his ankles, waist and shoulders. "I'm looking forward to some change in my body," Singh says. "It's really hard to feel the difference if you're only doing it for a couple of months."
Singh is still expected to participate in this week's Waste Management Open in Phoenix, but Tour vice-president Ty Votaw has said they will continue to investigate the claims made in the article.
"As we have just been made aware of the report we have not had a chance to review it in depth, but we will be looking into it," Votaw said.
This isn't the first occasion that Singh was brought up in some controversy. He continued to defend and wear the logos of Stanford Financial, even after chairman and CEO Allen Stanford was charged with running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Singh even offered to pay for Stanford's bond, but he was not allowed to since he is not a U.S. citizen. Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence.